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Green Party plan to use empty homes

June 08 2011
Complacency is unacceptable, says councillor

 

Over 10,000 homes are lying empty in our capital. In a city where 25,000 people are on the housing list and 4,600 were accepted as homeless last year, all eyes are on Edinburgh City Council to take action.

Alison Johnstone, a newly appointed MSP for the Green Party, said that the City Council have adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” stance on the issue of empty homes.

Johnstone said: “That complacency is not acceptable. I’ll be talking to my councillor colleagues about what we can do to inject some urgency into empty homes work in the city.

“We need policies like Land Value Tax which would penalise homes lying empty for too long.”

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